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    I'd like to move to Japan in 4 or 5 months. I have 5 years experience working in online advertising at a Fortune 500 company (and have experience previous to that as well). In English-speaking countries my resume is impressive. The only thing is, I don't speak Japanese. Is there any possibility I will be able to find work in Japan other than teaching?

    If so, what's the best way to go about it? I am reaching out to all of my contacts and searching the job sites but the jobs I see on require fluent Japanese or are for teaching or skin tests.

    I would appreciate any advice or suggestions. Thanks!

  • #2
    Originally posted by giblet View Post
    I'd like to move to Japan in 4 or 5 months. I have 5 years experience working in online advertising at a Fortune 500 company (and have experience previous to that as well). In English-speaking countries my resume is impressive. The only thing is, I don't speak Japanese. Is there any possibility I will be able to find work in Japan other than teaching?
    !
    Imagine a Japanese person with your qualifications wants to work in the US but speaks zero English. Do you think he can find work? I doubt it somehow.There are literally thousands of bilingual Japanese and if they need English speakers they can always contract out work (most of the advertising here doesnt require perfect English anyway, look at this site).

    http://www.engrish.com

    Someone who cant speak Japanese but wants to work here in a non-teaching capacity is about as useful as tits on a bull. Really.
    Last edited by KansaiBen; 2010-08-31, 10:16 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by giblet View Post
      ...
      If so, what's the best way to go about it? I am reaching out to all of my contacts and searching the job sites but the jobs I see on require fluent Japanese or are for teaching or skin tests.

      I would appreciate any advice or suggestions. Thanks!

      an advertising and marketing specialist is looking for ideas??? yea, you can keep your impressive resume to yourself, thank you.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the suggestions. I know that there are many, many people working in Japan in non-teaching positions who do not/did not know Japanese. Most of them seem to work for multinationals that transferred them over and others have specialized knowledge.

        I do have specialized knowledge (I won't bore you with the details) and I assume that there are some Japanese companies who want to target English-speaking markets. I bet some of them have even hired non-Japanese speakers before.

        I realize that the desire to flame all I-want-to-live-in-Japan types is overwhelming. But if anyone has any useful suggestions, I'd appreciate those too.

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        • #5
          you are ficticious.

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          • #6
            Dear Giblet,

            Unfortunately useless crawlers as the bicyclically thing are not a rare event in this forum, but anyway, dont give up and most importantly - do not ever listen to them...

            I could tell you that I am right now working as a marketing and sales associate in a small Japanese company. I am the only foreigner here and I almost don't speak any Japanese (my level is a little higher than JLPT4 if it says something to you).

            Well, of course it is not easy and you must know you have to be a bit lucky. There are two important factors:
            1) the company wants to attract non-Japanese customers and furthermore non-Asia customers (cuz otherwise you will have to compete with the Chinese and believe me you will lose no matter how impressive your resume is), so they need a foreigner who could bring some fresh ideas and stuff;
            2) they still haven't been expanding to outside Japan, so obviously we are talking about a small to medium size company

            Usually these companies are not posting ads in sites like this, because they dont have the resources I'm guessing. So your chance is to use the good old Google (in Japanese) and to check many many small companies websites (using google translate) and contact the ones you think may need you.

            I hope you will be as lucky as me + you need to be really determined.

            Hope I could help!

            Greetings,
            Nyago

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nyagoslav View Post
              Dear Giblet,

              Unfortunately useless crawlers as the bicyclically thing are not a rare event in this forum, but anyway, dont give up and most importantly - do not ever listen to them...
              ...
              Nyago

              you sound angry. are you Daij0b?


              Originally posted by Nyagoslav View Post
              ....I could tell you that I am right now working as a marketing and sales associate in a small Japanese company. ....Nyago
              At what station in Hyogo do you hand tissues out ??? maybe I have seen you!!!
              Last edited by well_bicyclically; 2010-09-08, 04:59 PM.

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              • #8
                LinkedIn

                You should also really consider LinkedIn. There's a whole network of foreign entrepreneurs based in Tokyo and they may be looking for your skills too.

                Since you work at a Fortune 500 company, maybe there's someone in your company who has ties to a Japanese agency? The best way to get a job in Japan w/o knowing Japanese is 1. To have some skill that a native Japanese does not have and 2. To leverage your those in your network who are connected to Japanese companies

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                • #9
                  I'd focus on companies from my home country that have an office in Japan.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by giblet View Post

                    If so, what's the best way to go about it? I am reaching out to all of my contacts and searching the job sites but the jobs I see on require fluent Japanese or are for teaching or skin tests.

                    I would appreciate any advice or suggestions. Thanks!
                    Stay where ever you are at until you are fluent in Japanese, unless you want to teach English. I know a guy who speaks Japanese pretty well and has a degree in marketing. He's having difficulty in finding a job in his field.

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